|Monica Bellucci as Mary Magdelene in "The Passion of the Christ" also filmed in Matera|
The project is still untitled, but has been described as a "biopic" about the story of Mary Magdalene, presenting "a human and authentic portrait of the most enigmatic figures in history."
The American production director Garth Davis will direct Rooney Mara in the role of Mary Magdalene. Joaquin Phoenix will play the part of Jesus. If you live in the region, a casting call has been announced for male and female children, aged between eight and 13 years with a dark complexion and Mediterranean features. They also welcome children of African and Central American descent. They ask that children must be thin, preferably with long, dark hair. For more information, contact the local Matera production company, Blu Video.